Remove dried stains

No one likes patches, but dried patches are a horror: they are much harder to remove than fresh patches. But not all is lost, as long as they are not washed in yet. These home remedies help with the removal of old spots.

Home remedies for dried-on spots

Depending on the type of stain different home remedies come into question:

  • Salt and salt water (with red wine and blood spots)
  • Mineral water (to soften almost all stains)
  • Baking powder (to fade colored stains, such as blueberry stains)
  • Dishwashing liquid (for processing grease or protein-containing stains)
  • Oil (to remove stains with beta-carotene, such as carrot stains or pumpkin stains)
  • Shaving foam, gall soap or ammonia (for the treatment of stubborn, colored spots of almost any kind)
  • Hair spray, nail polish remover or turpentine (for the treatment of pear marks or color stains)
  • Alcohol, benzine or cleaning alcohol (for almost all persistent stains)

What is to be considered when the stains are dry?

Dried stains require two pretreatments before using any of the above means for stain removal:

  • Dried residues which have not penetrated into the fibers, e.g. Leftovers, egg whites, blood or color should be carefully scraped off with a blunt knife or similar. If you put water on the stain without having previously cleaned it dry, you may even increase the stain by spreading the dry remains in the tissue.
  • Soak, soak, soak. Dry stains should be soaked in mineral water or a water-soapy solution for as long as possible to soften the stain so you can remove it more easily.

Instructions for removing dried out stains

1. Remove dry remains

Carefully scrape the stain with a blunt knife and remove any food or paint residue. Then tap the fabric well and / or vacuum with a vacuum cleaner - this is especially recommended for stains on the sofa or on the carpet.

2.a) Soak textiles

Place the stained garment in a jar and cover with carbonated mineral water. If it is a grease stain or you have no mineral water on hand, you can also make a soapy solution of warm water and detergent or enzyme-containing detergent and let the textiles soak for several hours or best overnight.

CAUTION: Protein-containing stains such as blood stains, sperm stains or egg stains should not be cleaned with hot water, otherwise the protein will clot and the stain will be even worse to remove.

2.b) Pre-treat carpets and upholstered furniture

If the stain is on the carpet or sofa, add a dash of mineral water or detergent-water solution and let it work for half an hour.

Soak up the water with a cloth, then add mineral water or detergent to the stain with lukewarm water and let it react again.

Repeat the procedure three to four times. Do not put too much water on upholstered furniture so that it will not be soaked completely. Otherwise there is a risk that the upholstery starts to mold.

3. stain treatment

Put some of the drug of your choice right on the spot and work it carefully with a brush, a sponge or a toothbrush. Let rest for 15 minutes and wash.

If the result is not satisfactory, repeat the treatment or try another home remedy.

4. Washing

Then put the textiles in the washing machine and wash as hot as you can.

Carpets and sofas should be moistened with clear water and some mild detergent or carpet cleaner and brushed off over a large area. Then vacuum the moisture with a cloth.